devote to (someone or something)

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devote to (someone or something)

1. To commit or dedicate oneself to someone or something. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "devote" and "to." Because I have completely devoted myself to my family, I refuse to relocate for work and upend their lives. Unfortunately, Molly seems to have devoted herself to a dubious nonprofit organization.
2. To allocate or earmark someone or something for someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "devote" and "to." This week, I'm devoting all of my free time to finishing my term paper. All of the interns have been devoted to our mailing, so it shouldn't take too long to finish.
3. To dedicate a religious or other solemn occasion to someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "devote" and "to." Today's prayer service is devoted to people in war-torn countries around the globe.
See also: devote, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

devote oneself to someone or something

to dedicate or give oneself over to someone or something. Do you agree to devote yourself to this task? She devoted herself to raising her children.
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devote someone or something to someone or something

to dedicate someone or something to the use or benefit of someone or something. I will devote a few of my people to your project. Sarah devoted all of her time to Roger.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

devote to

1. To commit someone or something to some task: She devoted herself to finishing the project. Don't devote all your time to that one project. I'm devoted to finishing this book by Friday.
2. To commit someone loyally to someone or something: She devoted herself to her family. He was entirely devoted to his parents.
3. To set something apart for a specific purpose or use: I'm devoting Saturday to cleaning the house. This knife is devoted to cutting cheese.
4. To set something apart by or as if by a vow or solemn act; consecrate something: The priest devoted the Mass to the veterans in the parish.
See also: devote, to
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
"I'd give something to be present when the question is asked!" Arthur whispered to me, as, at a signal from Lady Muriel, we moved on to where the hampers had been collected, and devoted ourselves to the more substantial business of the day.
The root cause is that we, person to person, devoted ourselves to an ideological path that there's no turning back from.
"As a leader in iPhone data recovery field, we have always devoted ourselves to providing the best iPhone data recovery product and service to our customers worldwide," said Daniel, R&D team director of Joyoshare, "And this time, we have spared no efforts to bring new functionalities to Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery with supported Viber messages recovery and improved stability.
He said: "We have devoted ourselves to looking after and rescuing big cats mainly from people who buy them as pets and then realise within a couple of years they are killers.
He said it was our obligation to work for the betterment of the country and devoted ourselves to make Pakistan a prosperous country.
He said that it is our obligation to work for the betterment of the country and devoted ourselves to make Pakistan a prosperous country.
We devoted ourselves to provide beauty-lovers with original, exquisite, and unique products.
we have consistently devoted ourselves to the peace and prosperity of the region since the end of the war," Abe said.
Mr Welford, an artist who bought the near-derelict castle in Llanrwst with his writer wife in 1994, said: "My wife and I have devoted ourselves to this house.
Our friendly welcome came along with two cool Bangla beers (PS3.50 each) and we devoted ourselves to the menu.
We've worked hard and haven't had a holiday in 10 years while we've devoted ourselves to this."
We have devoted ourselves to defend the country, defend the dignity of the Lebanese and the Arabs and recover the [occupied] land and holy places," Nasrallah said.
"We have devoted ourselves to negotiations for nearly two decades and today we are trapped in a framework that thus far has not yet lifted the occupation," chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said in a statement.
"Gradually, we came to accept that our longed-for child would not live a full life, and devoted ourselves to making sure that her precious time here with her family, and especially her big brother Jake, was as happy as possible."